Greenberg Acres

02/24/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Benyamin Cantz spent his recent days pruning a mountainside vineyard in central California, in the middle of a redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the same time, Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz was opening trails in southern Vermont, chain saw in hand, in a maple forest near the Massachusetts border.

Whiskey Rebellion

02/17/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
If you want to make a l’chaim at some major Orthodox synagogues around New York, you’ll have to wait until after services for kiddush. The shuls have banned kiddush clubs. This comes following the recent decision of the Orthodox Union’s board of directors to encourage its member congregations to discontinue the informal drinking clubs that draw congregants from Saturday morning during services.

Cemetery Settlement Praised

01/27/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The Westchester Jewish community this week praised a $100,000 settlement between a New Jersey real estate developer and the state attorney general that will create a memorial in Yonkers at the site of a shopping center garage built over an abandoned Jewish cemetery. According to the agreement announced Monday by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the state will use the settlement to erect a memorial to the Congregation of the People of Righteousness cemetery near the Costco and Home Depot along the state Thruway.

New Suit To Pressure Poles On Property

01/20/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In a test case that will likely increase international pressure on Poland to return billions of dollars of property seized from Jews by the Nazis during World War II and nationalized by the communists after the war, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor is expected to file suit before the European Court of Human Rights in the next few weeks, The Jewish Week has learned. A New York-based not-for-profit law firm is preparing the case on behalf of Henryk Pikielny, who now lives in Paris.

Out Of The Ashes

01/06/2005 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Some l’chaims. A few speeches. A little dancing. The ceremony for the opening of an afternoon drop-in center for Russian Jews yesterday at the Young Israel of Brighton Beach seemed ordinary. Only one thing was extraordinary. Chamah, the independent cultural and educational organization that is sponsoring the new Russian Club, suffered a fire that destroyed its international headquarters in Lower Manhattan barely two months ago.

Finding Solace

07/26/2001 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Under the silent gaze of his grandparents, Orthodox Jews from Hungary preserved in sepia on his living room wall in Park Slope, Andrew Mark lay dying last year. He was suffering from cancer of the liver and colon, which had spread to the lymphatic system. A sofa bed was set up in the living room. Andrew’s last days would be spent there, cared for by Marion, his wife of 50 years, comforted by their son and daughter, visited weekly by a rabbi and social worker from the Jewish Hospice of Greater New York.

Communal Leader Rabbi Zev Segal, 91

03/11/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Zev Segal, a Russian-born scholar who served at a Newark pulpit for 33 years, as a communal leader and as a consultant to political leaders and chasidic rebbes, died March 5, the result of an accidental drowning. The rabbi, a Manhattan resident, accidentally drove his car into the Hackensack River beneath the Pulaski Skyway in New Jersey, on the way to a doctor’s appointment in Livingston, following an appearance on the “JM in the AM” radio show on WFMU hosted by his son Nachum Segal. Rabbi Segal, 91, was buried in Israel.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group? October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.

This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.

Black Humor, Sort Of

02/05/2008 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Do you know about “siddur finger”? It’s an obscure medical condition. Jews get it in synagogue, during the Torah reading on Shabbat, when they leave a finger in their prayer book to keep their place for a half hour or longer, and the end of the finger gets painfully squeezed. If you haven’t heard about siddur finger, and you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll hear about it in the coming weeks on “The Mendy Report.”

Quick, Do Your Verse!

03/29/2007 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In Jewish tradition, Passover is known as the time of freedom. In some Jewish circles this year, it will be the holiday of free verse. Two prominent Jewish poets will compose original works, on a Pesach theme, on the Internet, on deadline, as part of, a Web site that describes itself as “a cutting contest, a linguistic jam session, a series of on-the-fly compositions.”
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